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Day 25 - Stirling

We left Edinburgh for Stirling. Taking the scenic route - aka missing a turn and going over a massive bridge to then wheel around to our destination!!! It was interesting exercise as a new bridge is being built and with interesting engineering they have built the piers and are connected the road sections between the piers. So you see long sections with road in place - equipment, trucks etc and then gaps until the next section appears.

Once again interesting countryside and country lanes. Great views across the country and an interesting mix of industrial areas, farms and small villages. Immaculate dry stone walls for fences in places - amazing!

Arriving in Stirling we went to Stirling Castle and enjoyed an entertaining guided tour. We then wandered around the prison area, kitchens - complete with tableau of realistic looking food of all types - fish, bread, fruit, grains, a peacock, a hogs head and even a sheep being carried in by two men.

A little bit of shopping in the gift shop and Channe bought a book on the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

Then we had another late lunch - at a bistro called Hendersons. THE BEST MEAL EVER as voted by Channe!

Time to book into our last accommodation of the trip - a guest house in a Victorian house built in 1880. It still has many original features and our room has very high ceilings with ornate cornices.

In the afternoon we ventured to the William Wallace memorial where Channe climbed the 246,000 steps to the top of the tower. A medieval knave gave an very funny short history of the William Wallace story with no mention of Mel Gibson. Some Canadians who had obviously enjoyed a liquid lunch made the presentation even funnier.

Back to our digs to repack our bags then we went out to find some dinner - no easy task as most places were closed. Eventually we found an Italian restaurant and had a surprisingly good meal. Channe rated the pasta as better than in Italy.

Tomorrow we have breakfast at our accommodation and the drive to Glasgow. A short time to look around before dropping the car off and starting our journey home.

Country road

Country road

Ceiling in the castle

Ceiling in the castle

King's bed

King's bed

Shining armour

Shining armour

Top of Wallace tower

Top of Wallace tower

Wallace tower view

Wallace tower view

William Wallace's sword

William Wallace's sword

Posted by JHarman 14:03 Archived in United Kingdom

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